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Weather History Time Machine
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Weather History Time Machine

Researchers say their new spectral optimal gridding of precipitation software  democratizes the analysis of precipitation statistical models. 

Superconducting Circuits, Simplified
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Superconducting Circuits, Simplified

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a nanocryotron , a computing circuit based on the cryotron.

Wearable Tech Lets Boss Track Your Work, Rest and Play
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Wearable Tech Lets Boss Track Your Work, Rest and Play

Some jobs come with a uniform. For an increasing number of employees, that uniform will soon include a badge that tracks everything they do.

Making the world’s problem solvers 10% more efficient
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Making the world’s problem solvers 10% more efficient

Ten years after a Google engineer empowered researchers with Scholar, he can’t bear to leave it.

The Quiet Rise of the Satellite Spy Agency
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The Quiet Rise of the Satellite Spy Agency

As far as intelligence agencies go, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has remained relatively low profile—attracting neither the intrigue of, say, the...

A Dynamic New Tool to Preserve the Friendsters of the Future
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A Dynamic New Tool to Preserve the Friendsters of the Future

The constant updating of modern websites and social media platforms presents a problem to those who want to preserve the experience of using a site or service at...

All Three NASA Mars Orbiters Healthy After Comet Flyby
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All Three NASA Mars Orbiters Healthy After Comet Flyby

All three NASA orbiters around Mars confirmed their healthy status Sunday after each took shelter behind Mars during a period of risk from dust released by a passing...

Researchers to Meet With Aid Workers to Build Ebola-Fighting Robots
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Researchers to Meet With Aid Workers to Build Ebola-Fighting Robots

Robotics researchers from numerous institutions are working to organize workshops that will bring together roboticists and humanitarian workers to discuss how robots...

Stop Worrying About Mastermind Hackers. Start Worrying About the IT Guy.
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Stop Worrying About Mastermind Hackers. Start Worrying About the IT Guy.

Mistakes in launching Oracle software have led to millions of Americans' data being leaked onto the Internet. Those affected include universities or government...

More Training, Skills Development Needed for Analyzing Big Data, Experts Say
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More Training, Skills Development Needed for Analyzing Big Data, Experts Say

Big data training is a major challenge, according to a recently published study from the National Academies Press. The report notes the need for better educating...

In Conversation Marc Andreessen
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In Conversation Marc Andreessen

It's not hard to coax an opinion out of Marc Andreessen.

To Siri, With Love
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To Siri, With Love

Just how bad a mother am I? I wondered, as I watched my 13-year-old son deep in conversation with Siri.

Miss a Payment? Good Luck Moving That Car
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Miss a Payment? Good Luck Moving That Car

The thermometer showed a 103.5-degree fever, and her 10-year-old's asthma was flaring up. Mary Bolender, who lives in Las Vegas, needed to get her daughter to an...

Cassini Caught in Hyperion's Particle Beam
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Cassini Caught in Hyperion's Particle Beam

Static electricity is known to play an important role on Earth's airless, dusty moon, but evidence of static charge building up on other objects in the solar system...

Computing with Magnetic 'Tornadoes'
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Computing with Magnetic 'Tornadoes'

A new technology could dramatically reduce the power consumption of computers. 

Going Viral with Emergency Warnings
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Going Viral with Emergency Warnings

A new social media-based platform will allow San Diego County's Office of Emergency Management Services to disseminate emergency-related messages quickly.

Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arms That Work in Daily Life Are Now a Reality
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Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arms That Work in Daily Life Are Now a Reality

A new osseointegrated, or bone-anchored, artificial limb implant system gives patients new opportunities in their daily lives. 

Robot From Twente to Save Lives in the Alps
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Robot From Twente to Save Lives in the Alps

The SHERPA project involves cooperation between human rescue workers, a ground robot with a robotic arm, and flying robots. 

Why Are Women Leaving Science, Engineering, And Tech Jobs?
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Why Are Women Leaving Science, Engineering, And Tech Jobs?

A survey says U.S. women working in science, technology engineering, and math fields are 45 percent more likely than males to leave the industry over the next year...

Ebola: Can Big Data Analytics Help Contain Its Spread?
From ACM News

Ebola: Can Big Data Analytics Help Contain Its Spread?

The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has now claimed more than 4,000 lives.
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